Friday, April 05, 2002
First, if you want to be technical about it, the Romans rendered and executed judgement, and so technically they crucified Christ. However, that's not the point. Jesus had both Jewish and Roman trials, and was condemned in each. This is significant, since the Romans are representative of all Gentiles, and the Jews are, well, the Jews. What this means is that the entire world was responsible for the death of Jesus Christ, not just the Jews. For every claim of "You martyred our Lord!" hurled at the Jews, they can respond with "You martyred your own Lord!"
Everyone today is descended from either a Jew or a Gentile (often both). Thus, we all bear the stigma of the stigmata.